After departing Real Madrid at the end of the previous season, former Chelsea winger Eden Hazard made the announcement that he was giving up football.
Hazard, 32, paid £89 million to join Los Blancos from Chelsea in 2019. However, he only appeared in 54 league games for the Spanish powerhouses, including just six in 2022–2023.
During his career at Stamford Bridge, he won two Premier League championships and scored 110 goals in 352 games.
Last December, the Belgian announced his retirement from international competition.
Eden Hazard’s full retirement statement
The player made the announcement via social media, sharing a post in which he explained his reasoning.
“You must listen to yourself and say stop at the right time,” his statement on Instagram started.
“After 16 years and more than 700 matches played, I have decided to end my career as a professional footballer.
“I was able to realise my dream, I have played and had fun on many pitches around the world.
“During my career I was lucky to meet great managers, coaches and teammates – thank you to everyone for these great times, I will miss you all.
“I also want to thank the clubs I have played for: LOSC, Chelsea and Real Madrid; and thank the RBFA for my Belgian Selection.
“A special thank you to my family, my friends, my advisors and the people who have been close to me in good times and bad.
“Finally, a huge thank you to you, my fans, who have followed me for all these years and for your encouragement everywhere I have played.